One of my favorite television shows is MasterChef. If you’re not familiar with this hour of genius, it’s a reality show about three Master Chefs who judge a bunch of home-cooks on their talent and then give the winner a job in a high-end restaurant. I’m not a chef, I don’t like to cook, and I don’t understand half of what they are talking about, but nonetheless, I love the show.
One of the interesting things about the Chefs is that they walk around while these poor souls are cooking and they can tell what is going to be an excellent plate of food and what will be sub-par. Often times they don’t even taste anything on their way by…they just watch the process and get that disappointed scowl on their faces. They know that the process makes the product.
After 16 years working with people, I can see that those same principles applies to all of us as well. There really aren’t many surprises for us anymore in ministry. The fact remains that people who attack their lives with grit, a teachable spirit, and high standards for themselves tend to see God work in amazing ways in their lives. On the contrary, when we see people who refuse to change, won’t do the hard things, and won’t push themselves, we brace ourselves for the inevitable.
The process you put into your life and growth determines your product.
This is both good and bad news for all of us depending on our goals for the future! So, what can we all do? We can set ourselves up for success: read our Bible, pray, get involved in a thriving church, obey the Scriptures even when it’s hard, surround ourselves with people who will give us advice, take that Godly advice, serve Jesus with abandon…and the list goes on!
One fact that might help you if you have a previous pattern of a pathetic process is that you can course-correct if you want to. When the Master Chefs walk around, they drop advice as they go, but most home-cooks still go with their plan despite the advice. Needless to say, their dishes often get a poor reception. But then, every once in a while, a cook hears the Master Chef, changes plans on a dime and the results speak for themselves.
If you’ve been going along, unwilling to listen (and obey) Biblical advice, maybe it’s time to course-correct yourself. If you hear the people in your life who have gone before you giving you warnings…take them. Change. Grow. Be teachable. Do the hard things. Do it now.
What you’ll end up with is a life as beautiful as fine cuisine. The aroma, presentation, taste, and finesse of your life will speak for itself.